The following table and map show estimated mean black IQ by state from 2019 NAEP mathematics and reading results among non-Hispanic black eighth grade public school students. Estimates are computed by averaging mathematics and reading scores and then converting them to IQ scores assuming a national average IQ of 96 and a standard deviation of 15. One drawback is that these estimates do not account for the 10% of the school-age population either being homeschooled or attending private school. Due to insufficient student sample sizes, data is unavailable for ten states:
|2) New Jersey||90.6|
|7) North Carolina||89.0|
|12) New York||88.7|
|16) Rhode Island||88.5|
|20) Washington DC||87.6|
|21) North Dakota||87.5|
|23) West Virginia||87.4|
|24) South Carolina||87.0|
The eastern seaboard does relatively well, the upper Midwest not so much.
Black military brats are a cognitive cut above their civilian counterparts. They even modestly outperform whites in Alabama and West Virginia.
On the other hand, whites in 48 states and the nation’s capital outscore blacks in every state and in the military, and both racial groups have to a large extent shared the country for the better part of four hundred years. It’s probably time to stop the hand-wringing, accept things as they are, and try to make the best of the cards reality has dealt us.